Lily Facts

  • Lilies are one of the largest and most important flower families, about 4000 species.
  • Lilies are monocots, which means a single leaf grows from their name to the entire group of monocots – liliopsidae.
  • The lily family includes many flowers called lilies but also other asparagus and aloes.
  • Hyacinths belong to the lily family.
  • Lilies grow from bulbs to produce clusters of bright trumpet-shaped flowers on tall stems. Each flower has six petals.
  • Lily-of-the-valley has tiny white bell-shaped blooms. According to superstition, anyone who plants it will die within a year. Lilies-of-the-valley is famous for their fragrance. They are used to scent soaps and perfumes. Easter lilies are large trumpet-shaped white lilies that have come to symbolize Easter. Leopard lilies grow in the western coastal states of the United States. They have red-orange flowers spotted with purple.
  • The Madonna lily is planted in August and lives throughout the winter.